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Posted On: 24th Jul 2015

Care For Young Carers

Jess and her team of Fixers
Fixer Jess Olley
A scene from the Fixers film

Led by Jess Olley, a team of young carers from Surrey want to show teachers how difficult it can be for some students to manage both schoolwork and their responsibilities at home.

The 21-year-old from Farnham and her group want extra support and flexibility in the classroom for those who look after loved ones.

‘It can be hard being a carer as well as attending school or college,’ explains Jess.

‘I struggled with getting coursework in on time because I had to balance that with looking after my dad.

‘This meant my marks weren’t that good.

‘However, once my teachers found out I was a carer, I was given extra time for my work.

‘That support is amazing.’

With Fixers, Jess and her group helped create a film to highlight the work they do caring for family members.

In the piece, young people perform various household tasks before heading to school.

You can watch the group’s Fixers film ‘See Us’ at the top of this page. 

‘I think the finished film is amazing,’ comments Jess.

‘It shows the things we do. For example, making sure the person we care for has taken their medication, cooking dinner, and helping with daily routines.

‘I hope others watch it and see what carers have to do for the ones they love.’

Jess and her team are planning to visit local schools and colleges to speak about their experiences as young carers and show their Fixers film. They hope that by doing this, they will make more teachers aware of some students’ hidden responsibilities.

‘We would like to make people think differently,’ Jess adds.

‘Young carers have a lot to cope with when they aren’t in school or college.

‘Hopefully it will make sure they’re given extra help with their work.’

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Rebecca Coupland and her team are also young carers who want to raise
awareness of their responsibilities at home. Watch their Fixers film.


Author: Cara Laithwaite


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